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tomorrow at the earliest. the spnk giving military families the okay to leave major u.s. bases across japan. that order covers more than 40,000 people there. in addition, the u.s. is sending potassium iodide into the country in case people want to use it. and as a precaution, homeland secretary janet napolitano says all passengers and cargo from japan will now be screened for radiation in an abundance of caution. let's get to the white house briefing now. press secretary jay carney joined by gregory jaczko of the nuclear regulatory commission in this country. let's listen. >> -- sent over to support them in their efforts has arrived on a c-17. we sent a team of 33 additional people, which were added to the six people we already had out there in japan. they had over 17,000 pounds of equipment with them. they've unpacked that. they've actually taken the two pods that do the aerial measurement of ground depositions, mounted them, one on a fixed wing aircraft, one on a helicopter. and we flew those aircraft on their first missions. we have been collecting information as they've come back when t
, and other u.s. officials and more pressure today from john mccain about what the military options might be. mccain now joining john kerry and others, calling for a no-fly zone and pushback from the pentagon, despite denials, i know, that the pentagon spokesman was on your show earlier at 9:00, saying that there has been no pushback. but certainly, what we've seen from secretary gates and the chairman of the joint chiefs, admiral mullen, is emphasizing all of the drawbacks to getting involved militarily there. chuck? >> well, you laid it out very well there, andrea. secretary gates yesterday, in referring to the no-fly -- the talk about the no-fly zone as loose talk certainly created the impression that there was somehow a little bit of a disconnect between the state department and the pentagon, about what is next, how serious is this idea for a no-fly done. so clearly, that's one of the questions that's going to be directed at the president later today. now, let's be careful, by the way, not to call this a press conference. they are only saying one question, for, quote, each side. >> one!
nuke chenuclear plantse availablize ie izstabilizing. >>> we begin in libya. u.s. says coalition air strikes have established a no fly zone in the east soon to be extendeded to tripoli. richard engel, they say the operation went as well as could be expected. but there are a lot of questions remaining about whether we'll be able to turn this command over to whom and the opposition. how much do we though about the opposition in wlib qua and how do you distinguish between rebel forces and civilians? >> reporter: it's difficult to distinguish from rebel forces and civilians because the rebels until a few days ago or a few weeks ago were mostly civilians and they don't have a cheer leadership, they don't have uniforms. they don't have marked vehicles. and a lot of them are very undisciplined and up frofrnfo l unprofessional. they were trying to see how extensive the air and missile strikes were yesterday. today we were just out with rebel, watching them get into pickup trucks and head toward the front lines. we were watching rebels head to an area where they believe they have liberated m
to drop water via helicopter were scrapped due to high levels of radiation. >>> also, members of the u.s. military have now been ordered to stay at least 50 miles away from the plant unless they have special authorization. the evacuation zone for japanese civilians is just over ten miles. >>> and the european union's energy chief said today the site is effectively out of control and suggested things may get catastrophically worse very soon. on capitol hill today, energy secretary steven chu said it's the worst nuclear disaster in a generation. >> i think the events unfolding in japan incidents actually appear to be more serious than three mile island. to what extent we don't really know now. and so as they're unfolding very rapidly on an hour-by-hour, day-by-day basis and there are conflicting reports, so we don't really know in detail what's happening. >>> amazing admission from the energy secretary. also president obama is reviewing u.s. assistance for japan and will meet with u.said at 1:30 this afternoon. >>> overseas andrea is traveling with secretary of state clinton and covered it
government said that the japan asked for help from u.s. forces in japan. are you willing to provide those assistance? >> the answer to your second question is, yes. i told prime minister kan we'll provide whatever assistance they need. my understanding is the main assistance to provide them is lift capacity. the ability for us to i think help in the cleanup. obviously, when you have a tsunami like this, as well as an earthquake, you have huge disruptions both in the infrastructure. you have boats and houses and cars that are washed in to main thoroughfares and any assistance we can provide we will be providing. you know, i'm heartbroken by this tragedy. i think when you see what's happening in japan, you are reminded that for all of our differences and culture or language or religion, that ultimately, humanity is one. and when we face these kinds of natural disasters, whether it's in new zealand or haiti or japan, then you think about your own family. and you think how would you feel if you lost a loved one or if your entire life savings were gone because of the devastation. and the japan
of that facility. what nare trying to avoid. in fact, there's talk they will call in the u.s. and japanese military to do some water drops on that reactor 4 in hopes of averting a catastrophe. we have also been told by the u.s. military they are confirming that they have given potassium iodine tablets to some members of the navy who, in fact, have been flying humanitarian missions. we've seen lines of people who live in that devastated area who are getting checked for radiation, and 120,000 people have been warned to stay inside. that it is simply too dangerous for them to go out right now. through all of this there are a few glimmers of hope. a 70-year-old man pulled from the rubble after five days giving people 550,000 of them who have been displaced, many of them who are missing family members a little glimmer of hope. hoping against hope that there might be one more miracle somewhere to be found for them. let me just make one more point that there's a lot of concern here, too, norah in tokyo, low levels, very low levels of radiation but enough to prompt the french government to tell its citizen
in safe u.s. hands. that is a rebel controlled part of the country. all of the loyalists or the forces loyal to the regime pulled back from benghazi when the air strike started two days ago and are now about the new front line is about 80 miles south of benghazi. the plane shall as you mentioned, went down due to mechanical failure. it was not gunfire. the plane completely destroyed in the crash. the two pilots managed to pair shoot out. they landed in two separate fields. again, they have been recovered and are safe. we are talking a lot about it. it is playing out like the battlefield for the future of the country now. you have got rebels on the outside of this key town. if you hold the east of this country and inside that town is still held by the gadhafi forces. a number of attempts to push into adjabiyah and they have been pulled so far. there have been a number of air strikes but not enough to inside adjabiyah. inside mizrahi, they are still on the attack, held by rebels but just barely. every day, seems to have been 7, 8, 9 killed. today, once again, snipers penetrated to the ce
clear. >> the u.s. is not taking seriously libya's call for a cease-fire. that because gadhafi's forces continue to pound rebels today in the key city. >>> four "new york times" journalists missing since tuesday in libya could be released today if libyan officials are to be believed. >>> in japan today, the nuclear crisis is upgraded to level five as authorities try everything to avert a nuclear meltdown. the government now admits it is overwhelmed. >>> plus california lieutenant governor gavin newsom with us on his state's response to the quake and tsunami. >>> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama will be delivering a statement on libya at 2:00 eastern at the white house after meeting with top lawmakers in the situation room. it will be the president's first comments since the u.n. authorized military intervention late last night. france and britain are making plans to send their jets to the region. italy has made its bases available. nato is meeting today in brussels to determine if it will lead any military operations against gadhafi's forces. to
to us here in the united states. the u.s. has 23 plants that have a similar type of design or build to this japanese plant. does that worry you? does that concern you? do we need to update? >> it does worry me. i raised this issue 29 years ago that we should have back-up system in case the containments over pressure, which is what's been happening here, that they had to release gas from the containments to prevent them from exploding. it would be possible to have a robust filtration system that you could vent those containments through. in fact, the french and the swedes have both installed those kind of containments but the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission didn't want to do that. >> frank von hippel, thank you so much. >>> we should point out that president obama this morning was in virginia. he also pledged all of his support to the people of japan. he called the quake and the tsunami survivors, quote, some of our closest friends and allies. john harwood is cnbc's chief washington correspondent and joins us now. i know we're just waiting for the white house briefing to get under
about the lack of air support from nato. as the u.s. and its allies consider whether or not to arm the ragtag opposition forces. providing arms could also mean sending in military trainers that would expand america's involvement even as president obama told brian williams that the u.s. has already accomplished its goals. >> now what we have done is accomplish what we set out to do at the outset, which is to make sure benghazi was not overrun and that thousands potentially of people were not killed. what we have also done is put gadhafi back on his heels. >> brian williams, of course, is the anchor and managing editor of "nbc nightly news" and joins me now. >> sometimes it is nightly noise. >> and most recently there is a lot of nightly concern about what is happening in libya what is happening with the rebels. you asked the key question. and asked whether or not we should be arming the rebels. let's look at part of that exchange. >> with all due respect, mr. president, watching the reportings of our two correspondents in libya, what it appears the rebels need is military equipment.
. as of right now it appears that u.s. warplanes will still lead the more difficult mission, attacking the gadhafi ground forces. nbc's jim maceda is live. and richard engel live from the town offage agefag agfag agfafe . >>> we're getting confirmation three months plus or mys now. obviously there'll be adjustments. that mission should begin early next week. there will be dozens of planes from 28 nato countries including the two arab countries, qatar and the eub. right now nato is going to decide on sunday, no latter than tuesday on those two missions, the no-fly zone patrol obviously but also that they be caring out those air-to-ground strikes or will it keep it the way things are and have that done by the u.s.-led coalition. also the no-fly zones by the gadhafi forces. # in reality that's probably two or three fighter jets. there were air strikes, andrea, in tripoli overnight. a number of explosions. after the first time in a week they could another hear the artillery fire in the skies. also there's an ongoing war of the air waves if you will. the latest being a funeral. many of the
understanding, as well. and how many did we drop? >> 200. >> this hour, susan rice, u.s. ambassador to the united nations, senator joe lieberman. plus, nearly 30 years to the day since white house press secretary james brady was shot during assassination attempt on president ronald reagan. gun control advocates, jim and sarah brady are here for a rare live interview. >> caught fire. shot fire. >> followup, rawhide is okay? good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama says that the u.s. has done its job in libya and is reallyf trade hand over control to nato but tell take longer than he has said. nbc news has learned today that the handover will not be tomorrow, more likely toward the end of the week. meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton is at a libya summit in london today. this morning, she met with an envoy to discuss the next steps. >> we cannot and must not attempt to impose our will on the people of libya, but we can and must stand with them as they determine their own destiny. >> today, a top nato commander said that international pressure will li
of the house of representatives are troubled that u.s. military resources were committed to war without clearly defining for the american people, the congress, and our troops what the mission in libya is and what america's role is in achieving that mission. what should the president do now? should he address the nation? should he meet with members of congress? all of the above? >> maybe all of the above. and i think the way boehner handled that letter was very thoughtful. he waited until the president was back on u.s. soil. as i understand the congressional briefings to date, what happened was bill burns, who's our undersecretary of state for policy briefed the senate on thursday afternoon as they were leaving town. on friday, the president convened the leadership of congress. however, it was a recess day. so most of them were hicked in te telephonically and the telephone didn't work so well. maybe he should have sent a plane to pick them up. but in any event, that briefing was not fully satisfactory. some members said, well, we're just going to be in the back of the line and we're not going to
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secretary would have to have his or her head examined before having a major land engagement, u.s. land engagement such as iraq or afghanistan, and what do you think he is saying there? >> exactly what he said. i think that, you know, i think that the days of these, the major war land engagements are numbered. i don't i think it is the most effective way to accomplish our goals. we are overstretched. you have to do what is sustainable, and i think that there are kodownsides to it, ase are learned, that complicate other kinds of things enormously. i think that the bottom line is that we are moving in the right direction in afghanistan to shift it to the afghans. that is the president's plan. i believe it can be done and it can be maybe done faster than we anticipated. >> i would say that 2014 does seem a long way off, and that is the agreement, but should it be accelerated and is this a losing proposition considering the challenges that we face at home? >> i think that the key to the strategy is not to have it be a losing proposition, but rather to have a transition that takes place that
exclusively with her sixth husband, former u.s. senator, john warner. >>> and good day, everyone, i'm andrea mitchell, live in washington. we begin with developing news out of jerusalem today. israeli officials report that one woman now has died after a bomb tore through the crowd at a bus stop in the center of jerusalem. dozens of people were injured in the explosion, labeled a terrorist attack by israeli police. the city is on high alert. the entrance to jerusalem has been closed. michael oren is israel's ambassador to the united states and joins me now. first of all, our condolences. this is the first bombing in a number of years. what do we know about it, and how does this change the equation? >> what we know, andrea, is that it's part of a series of attacks that have taken place over the course of this month. since last weekend, we have had about 80 rockets and mortar shells fired from gaza at our civilians in the southern part of the country. i spoke to my daughter, she is a student there this morning, at a bombshellter, listening to rockets fall near her campus. about 1 million israel
it comes to how the u.s. would get involved in, say, a syria or a yemen or pbahrain. it seems as if officials today, the whole goal of this briefing was to make sure reporters understood that libya was not a precedent for anything. >> well, it was very striking this weekend on "meet the press" to watch secretary gates and secretary clinton trying to define first from the defense secretary, defining what is in our national interests. this was gates first and then clinton. >> no, i don't think it's vital interest for the united states, but we clearly have interests there and it's a part of the region which is a vital interest for the united states. >> i think a lot of people would hear that and say that's quite striking. not in our vital interests and yet we're committing military resources to it. >> but then it wouldn't be fair to what bob just said. did hib ilibya attack us? no, they did not attack us. >> but they did have interest with our allies and our allies have been standing with the united states in afghanistan for a decade when they were not attacked. so that's the cas
. that is direct u.s. military intervention. the u.s. would be providing the rebels with air cover and air support as they continue an assault. these are not unarmed demonstrators. these are militants who are driving toward tripoli with the goal of toppling the regime and they're armed with antiaircraft gun, some rockets. providing a sanctuary over the city of benghazi, which has a million people and many, many civilians, that is a completely different matter. so, the rebels would like that air cover, but the legitimacy of that would be very different. that would be direct military support. >> and unlikely at this stage. thank you very much. >> with the rebels under a fierce counter attack, white house is increasing pressure to step in. this morning, president obama said various responses are being considered. >> we've got nato as we speak consulting in brussels around a wide range of potential options. including potential military options. in response to the violence that continues to take place inside of libya. >> steve hadley served as national security adviser for president george w. bush and
kristof who just came back from the relations. >>> plus, signs of life, the u.s. says a retired fbi agent who vanished in iran four years ago is alive somewhere in southwest asia. >>> is mike huk abee channelling dan quayle? >> people see natalie portman or some other hollywood star let who boasts we're having these children and we're doing just fine. it's unfortunate we glamour itz the idea of out of children wedlock. good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. good news on the jobs front. the economy added the most private sector jobs in nearly two years. driving the unemployment rate down to 8.9%. state governments faced with major budget short falls are still laying off workers and 1500 in wisconsin could get pink slips today. steve, a busy day for you. looking behind the numbers, mostly good news in this jobs report. >> pretty good news. 192,000, pretty much what the market expected andrea. and the unemployment rate ticking down a bit of a surprise. a lot of skeptics out there. it's has come down sharply. 8.9% unemployment coming along with 200,000 fewer unemployed americans, w
'm andrea mitchell live in washington. with cia operatives already in libya, could the u.s. be wading deeper into the civil war there? the rebels say they need weapons and they need training to counteract moammar gadhafi's richard engel reported he saw that firsthand. >> reporter: on the front line, we saw some of the rebels try and fire a mortar without securing it, so it went wildly off in the wrong direction. and i couldn't believe it, we saw them aim a rocket, what we thought at gadhafi's force, but instead it was pointed in the wrong way and went in the opposite direction, toward a civilian city. >> joining me now, virginia democratic senator, jim webb, a member of the senate armed services committee, a member of the foreign relations committee. you know a lot about war. how about shooting it in the wrong direction? we are wading into something -- i mean, it sounds funny, but it's deadly serious, as you know better than anything. >> well, again, it comes back to what is it that we want to accomplish in libya? you and i had a discussion about that last week that the security council auth
advisors huddle over u.s. options. how do the revolutions in the middle east affect israel? joining us live in the studio. >> good day. live in washington. the side show is nearly over and then the work agains. the hard work. two test votes scheduled. senate leaders are headed to the white house for a meeting with the president. can they break the stale meat before possible government shut down again next friday. good to see you congressman. thanks so much. another show down here. i think you have a different point of view on that. >> you are right, of course. let me say there were two offers. the president made an offer on what he thought the budget ought to look like. that was the 2011 budget that he submitted. the republicans said we want to cut that $100 billion. we have now offered based upon the same base that the republicans are using. we're comparing apples to apples. the democrats haven't gone at least half way. a little more than half way. after the senate vote we will see what the republican's counter offered to the senate offer is. the bottom line is the american people want to
production, u.s. stock piles have actually risen since last month. why is gas costing so much? some of this is seasonal, i suspect. cnbc's senior economics reporter steve liesman joins us. there's a lot of uncertainty in the middle east. there's the transition as refineries gear up for the summer season. is there anything else in play you've been able to determine? >> well, not much, andrea. first of all, i think it's maybe too early to see the seasonal effects of higher gas prices. which is why it's so worrisome right now. and you're absolutely correct to point out all this happens when stockpiles are reasonably high. and seem to have been growing in the recent reports. about $15 a barrel, andrea, is probably froth from the middle east unrest. there's still quite a bit in there that's out there because of higher demand, emerging markets doing quite well. we think if libya were to settle down, that may bring the price back down in the $95, $90 a barrel range. >> of course, we'll be hearing from the reporter, jim maceda, what we're gathering from jim webb, there's no sign of libya se
. it will put focus on the u.s. and the international community to decide whether it will aid the opposition. it is clear gadhafi won't leave on its own. >> we believe that gadhafi is in this for the long haul. we don't think he has any intentions, despite some of the speculation to the contrary, of leaving. from all evidence we have, which we'll be prepared to discuss in a closed session, he appears to be hunkering down for the duration. >> secretary of state hillary clinton today in a separate congressional hearing cautioned against military action. >> the united states acting alone would be stepping into a situation whose consequences are unforeseeable. >> nbc's jim maceda is live in tripoli. what's the situation on the ground? they are discussing more naval assets but not the no-fly zone. >> reporter: that's right. here, andrea, the situation, you get the feeling that gadhafi feels he can win this thing, even with a no-fly zen in place. that's the kind of confidence he is exuding now. his forces, you're seeing the muscle now, finally. day after day, it's been building up. today, it was b
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